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I remember this story, though I forgot exactly how deep it went. I thought it was just compromising certificate authorities, or sneaking in physically to catch part of the stream that's not encrypted like they did with Google. That's irrelevant here because the only computers that would hold decrypted info in the case of Blackbox are those computers which would anyway hold it decrypted without Blackbox.

So there's still the part about compromising the encryption software. Well, GPG is not proprietary so that's a lot harder.

As far as somehow brute forcing the cyphertext, I guess that may be possible, though they don't give clear details about that here. That being the case, they still don't say anything about GPG. Perhaps the biggest argument of all is that Edward Snowden himself uses it, knowing everything he knows.

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